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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

Letters to a Young Gymnast (Art of Mentoring)

Letters to a Young Gymnast (Art of Mentoring) - Nadia Comaneci With the recent gymnastics events from China, I became interested again in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal when Nadia Comaneci transformed the sport of women's gymnastics when she got 7 perfect "10's" for her events. Nadia was born in 1961, and I was interested to read about her life and what happened to her after she defected to the United States.This book is very easy and quick read, but not terribly well written. It was good to remember the oppressive system under which she lived, and why defecting was such a terrifying thing (she was afraid of being shot in the back), and why her first interviews in the US were so hard and were so mis-read by all Americans.Comaneci is a very focused and very disciplined athlete. It is interesting to wonder if she ever could have developed her skill and love of gymnastics in a less regimented environment? The US women's gymnastics world was also transformed mainly by Bela and Martha Karolyi (who were Nadia's coaches in Romania and later Mary Lou Retton's coaches in the US), and this year by Nastia Luikin coached by her Russian born father and gymnast, Valeri Luikin. Interesting to see what impact these coaches are having on American gymnasts!